"Sun Mentoring: 1996-2009" is a Sun Microsystems Labs Technical Report by Katy Dickinson, Tanya Jankot and Helen Gracon, available for free download. Katy Dickinson and Tanya Jankot both work for MentorCloud now. The report provides a summary of mentoring information, best practices, metrics, and recommendations developed during 1996-2009. Individuals or companies wishing to develop mentoring relationships or programs are wise to consider findings from other mentoring experiences. The following lessons are summarized from "Sun Mentoring: 1996-2009"...
One of my daily habits is to read one article at random, from a stack of magazines I keep in my home office. Yesterday, the article I picked was about the plot to destroy america's beer. What caught my attention was not the beer part but these lines "....Lemann thought Brito had potential. He agreed to pay for him to get an MBA at Stanford University....In 2004, Brito became CEO..." Brito, according to the story, met Lemann through a family friend, and adds that the 'two were well matched'. Brito proudly calls Lemann his mentor. Their meeting appears to be partly serendipity.
On 12/12/12, TiE Silicon Valley held an evening of Open Mentoring Sessions as part of its MentorConnect program with MentorCloud. The goal was to provide aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pick the brains of experienced TiE SV mentors, in small groups of up to four per mentor. Ravi Gundlapalli and Katy Dickinson joined the event from MentorCloud.
Today is very special. A day like this will not come for another 100 years so why not make a resolution to do something daily/weekly/monthly that can accelerate your professional and personal growth. You can always look back on 12-12-12 as the day you kicked off a special habit. My favorite quote from Aristotle "We become what we repeatedly do - Excellence then is not an act but a habit."